Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020


Gilead Submits Filgotinib NDA to the FDA

Gilead has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for filgotinib, an investigational, oral, selective JAK1 inhibitor for the treatment of adults who are living with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

RheumNow Podcast – Merry Lupus XMAS (12.20.19)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news from the past week on RheumNow.com, just in time for Christmas!

Upadacitinib Effective in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Lancet reports that the selective JAK1 inhibitor, upadacitinib, was effective when given to patients with active ankylosing spondylitis.

Belimumab in Lupus Nephritis

Belimumab has been studied in an active lupus nephritis, phase 3 trial call BLISS-LN and shown to be effective as measured by  trial of belimumab for the treatment of active lupus nephritis in adult patients.

Is Anifrolumab Good Enough for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?

The NEJM published favorable results of a phase 3 trial of the alpha interferon inhibitor, anifrolumab, showing it to be superior to placebo in active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients studied for 48 weeks.

Fewer Lupus Flares on Low Dose Steroids

French researchers have shown that patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and inactive disease are less likely to flare while taking a 5 mg prednisone maintenance dose.

Obesity Not Discussed by Doctors and Patients

Reuters -  Doctors rarely talk about weight concerns with patients who are overweight or obese, and when they do, patients’ experiences tend to be negative, according to a new review of research based on interviews.

A Role for SGLT2 Inhibition in Gout?

The antidiabetic medication canagliflozin (Invokana) lowered serum urate and reduced the risk of gout flare in a post-hoc analysis of data from two large clinical trials.

Domestic Abuse Linked to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

Domestic violence was found to predispose to a higher risk of fibromyalgia and those developing chronic fatigue syndrome.

Researchers studied the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) with fibromyalgia and CFS, using a retrospective open cohort design of patients entered into the “The Heath Improvement Network” database between 1995 and 2017.

No Cancer Risk with Systemic Necrotizing Vasculitis

The French Vasculitis Study Group has published that patients with systemic necrotizing vasculitis do not have an increased risk of malignancy; in fact they have a risk that is similar to the general population.

Previous reports have suggested either no risk or a declining risk in the era of better therapies for vasculitis. 

Predicting Inpatient Gout Flares

Analysis of New Zealand hospitalized patients revals nine predictors of inpatient flare for people with comorbid gout.

This retrospective cohort study of hospitalised patients with comorbid gout included 625 hospitalised patients, 87 experienced inpatient gout flare.

There were 9 predictors of an inpatient gout flare:

RheumNow Podcast - The Elusive Hand OA Problem (12.13.19)

Dr. Jack Cush recaps the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.